A United Nation's report released today is offering a horrifying new picture of the conditions inside North Korea. It details a long list of abuses including murder, torture, slavery, sexual violence and mass starvation. The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea even sent Kim Jong Un a letter warning that he could face prosecution for crimes against humanity. Paula Hancocks has the latest.
Dennis Rodman is facing a flood of criticism following his latest trip to North Korea. But what did the basketball players who accompanied him know about the trip, including who was paying for it? Charles Smith just returned from North Korea and spoke to Anderson about his experience.
Laura Ling was imprisoned in North Korea for 140 days in 2009. She joins the AC360 Later panel to discuss American prisoner Kenneth Bae and the inflammatory comments of NBA star Dennis Rodman.
AC360 Exclusive: Terri Chung was “shocked and outraged” when she heard Dennis Rodman accuse her brother of unspecified offenses in North Korea. Chung recently spoke to her brother, Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned there for over a year and confirms that he’s ill and still being held in the hospital.
85-year old Merrill Newman is back home in California after being detained by the North Korea government for more than a month. The Korean War vet said in a statement today, "The North Koreans seem to have misinterpreted my curiosity as something more sinister. It is now clear to me the North Koreans still feel much more anger about the war than I realized. With the benefit of hindsight I should have been more sensitive to that." But another American, Kenneth Bae, is still being held by North Korea after being sentenced to 15-years of hard labor. Anderson spoke with Bae’s sister Terri Chung about his ordeal.
Two Americans are living a cold war nightmare right now inside North Korea. More than a month ago, 85-year-old Korean War veteran Merrill Newman was dragged off his flight home from Pyongyang and arrested. North Korean authorities just released video of himapparently reading from a script, "confessing" to so-called war crimes. Kenneth Bae has been held in North Korea for more than a year and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Steven Weber is a professor of International Relations at U.C. Berkeley.
The family of an 85-year-old year American war veteran says he is being held by the North Korean government. Merrill Newman's son Jeff says his father was visiting North Korea as a tourist and was dragged off a plane just as he was about to leave the country. Merill Newman is not the only American detained in North Korea right now. Kenneth Bae was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Now Jeff Newman says he fears the worst for his dad.
Anderson Cooper talks to Laura Ling, who was imprisoned in North Korea for five months, about the North Korean government sentencing American Kenneth Bae to 15 years in a labor camp. Bae was found guilty of unspecified "hostile acts," according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. The tour operator had a proper visa to be in the country.
"It was the most terrifying time of my life," says Ling. She's concerned for Bae and his family, having experienced isolation in the most isolated country in the world. What little contact he's had with the Swedish ambassador was most likely extremely brief.
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